Life Science Lunch

 "Indiana's longest-running, statewide educational and networking program"

Presented by:

   Barnes and Thornburg

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 Now Available - Watch the video from recent lunches

January 2015 - Maximizing Intellectual Property for Minimal Costs

March 2015 - Crossing a New Frontier: 3D Printing and Biotechnology

April 2015 - Bio-Automation: Smart Technologies for Automated Tasks

August 2015 - It Does What? Absorbable Metals and Their Medical Applications

Life Science Lunch Video Archive (May - December 2014)



About the Series

The Indiana Health Industry Forum and Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner to present a monthly seminar series on critical issues in life science. Each month, at lunch, a policymaker or a panel in the field of life science will be available to answer questions concerning the major challenges and opportunities in the life science industry. We hope you will join us.

There is no charge to attend, but please register so we know how many lunches to order. Please see registration page for details. Some of the discussion questions will be submitted to the speakers in advance.

Topic/Time/Date - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August Lunch Program

"It Does What?!

Absorbable Metals and Their Medical Applications"

Since the advent of stainless steel in the early 20th century, the medical community has been well served by the use of corrosion-resistant metals in implantable devices, ranging from vascular stents to orthopedic screws.  In some instances, however, leaving a metallic component in the body indefinitely may cause long-term complications.  An ideal material would provide mechanical support while the body re-adapts and heals itself, and then harmlessly dissolve away.  Absorbable polymers have decades of use in applications including sutures and orthopedics, but in general do not possess sufficient strength to replace corrosion-resistant metals.  Nutrient metals (e.g. Mg, Fe, Zn) and their alloys have recently generated significant interest as high-strength alternatives to permanent metals and absorbable polymers.  Because these metals are comprised of elements which are physiologically necessary, the body naturally has ways of absorbing them.  Significant work is ongoing to ensure these absorbable metals are absorbed at an appropriate rate and in a manner which is both safe and effective.


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Eastern)
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Central)

 (Lunch Provided at all participating B&T Offices)
Formal Presentation by Video Conference
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Central)

Moderator and Speakers



Deborah Pollack-Milgate

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

Presented By

Dr. Jeremy Schaffer

Fort Wayne Metals



The program is video broadcast to a number of Barnes & Thornburg offices and participating locations across the state and country.  The primary location is the Barnes & Thornburg office at 11 S. Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis.  Please select from the locations below when registering.  Maps to locations are provided in the table below.




 New Albany

 Next Presentation


Tuesday, September 15, 2015
 11:30 am- 1:00 pm (Eastern)



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Tuesday, September 1, 2015